Boston College reasons for optimism
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Boston College reasons for optimism

Eagles return 16 starters, including All-American Harold Landry

Photo: Harold Landry

Boston College has cause for optimism entering this season. An All-America defensive end who led the nation in sacks, 16 returning starters and Boston College’s first bowl win since 2007 are encouraging reasons to think fifth-year head coach Steve Addazio has his program improving.

Harold Landry, a 6-foot-3, 250-pounder returning as a senior in the fall, finished last season with 16.5 sacks to earn second-team All-American honors from the Associated Press. He arguably deserved more recognition on the All-ACC teams. He was second team by both the media and the coaches. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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